2016 SIRES’ PRODUCE STAKES RESULT – ATTENTION STANDS-UP TO BE COUNTED

Attention stamped himself
as a genuine Group I contender whilst odds-on favourite Souchez missed a place
after bombing the start in an action-packed Group II Sires’ Produce Stakes
(1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Peter and Paul Snowden continued
their dominance in two-year-old races this season with Blake Shinn delivering a
copybook ride aboard Attention, a $620,000 Inglis Easter yearling purchase.

The colt
by Stratum utilised early gate speed to settle outside the leader and runner-up
Dreams Aplenty, whilst Souchez ($1.90 fav) was last to leave the gates, forcing
James McDonald into making a wide run approaching the turn, which was against
the pattern of the day.

Attention
($5.50) got the better of a stubborn John Zielke-trained Dreams Aplenty ($15)
to prevail by a neck with Kelso Wood’s Nikitas ($26) a further long neck away
in third. The sustained wide run of John O’Shea’s favourite proved too much for
Souchez, finishing fifth.

“His
got a great mannerism about him,” Shinn said. “He takes everything in
his stride and that gives me great confidence going to the 1600m.”

The mile
Shinn refers to is the $600,000 Group I JJ Atkins (1600m) to be run at Eagle
Farm in a fortnight.

“I
love my horses’ determination,” Shinn said. “He’s got that will to
win and that will only give him confidence going forward.”

The
Snowden camp could have two colts representing the Golden Slipper winning
stable with Attention likely to be joined by Acatour, which finished an unlucky
third over 1400m at Randwick earlier in the day.

“Attention
is heading the right way,” Paul Snowden said. “He’s thriving up here
in the warmer weather and today’s effort has really franked that.

“The
option is there for Acatour to come up as well. Obviously we’ll talk it over
with the owners but he’ll probably come up for it.”

Shinn, who
rode Acatour to an impressive debut win at Canterbury wouldn’t commit to one
colt over the other and will wait until the dust settles before deciding on his
Group I mount.

“It’s
a lovely choice to have to make,” Shinn said.

Kiwi
Sacred Elixir caught the eye running on against the trend to finish sixth and
firmed from $10 into $6 for the JJ Atkins with UBet Fixed Odds whilst Attention
remained at $8.50. Souchez is still favourite at $4.40.

Attention recorded his second Group victory in Saturday’s BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m). Photo: Steve Hart

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